Former pupil ‘pops the question’ at The Green Infant School, and it’s a YES!
Rob Vardy was looking for a meaningful way to pop the question to his partner Mandy Brooks, and decided to surprise her with a visit to their former primary school!
The couple, who have only recently reunited in 2019, are lifelong friends and former pupils of South Normanton's The Green Infant School.
Rob Vardy explains, "Both of our Fathers and Mothers were best friends with each other, in fact Mandy's Dad was my Godfather too, so we have actually known each other all of our lives! We both came to The Green Infant School and I thought it would be a fitting place to pop the question."
With careful planning, Rob, with the help of his son Kieran, planned to surprise Mandy who was blindfolded to keep the venue secret!
Mandy said, “It came as a surprise and as it's my birthday today I thought it might be about that. Rob’s son Kieran drove around a while in the car and I had no idea where we were going. The school still has the same atmosphere that I remember. It was beautiful, and very friendly!”
Rob said he felt considerable nerves leading up to the big moment “My hands were shaking so much in the morning I struggled to shave properly! I was very nervous; in fact, I didn't rehearse any words, it just came out in the moment.”
Mandy did in fact say yes to the proposal and now the couple can start to plan their big day. But Rob did have one final request, and another big question to ask, this time of his son Kieran who he asked to be his best man, and Rob received the second ‘yes’ of the day.
Head Teacher at The Green Infant School is Phillippa Whitton, who said she was delighted to welcome the couple back to school. “When Mr Vardy approached us to ask us if he could visit the school with a view to proposing to Mandy, we were happy to accommodate it. This is a first for me, and perhaps a first for the school in its long history and I am delighted that Mandy said yes!
“All of the children had left for the day and so they were able to look around and visit their old classroom too. We are delighted to have played a small role in such an important day for them both.”